The main influence of T. Shevchenko’s play “Nazar Stodolya” is considered to be decoded in this article on the subject of the personal and creative life of I. Karpenko-Kary. The identity of ideological and artistic positions of both artists, their understanding of the essence of the theater, its social role are analyzed. When comparing the play “Nazar Stodolya” by T. Shevchenko with the iconic comedies by I. Karpenko-Kary, “Martin Borulya” and “The Master”, the main attention is focused on the similarity of their stylistic manner, means of dramatic technique. The deep semantic layers are revealed, which would be subsequently used to testify to the longevity of the national issues of Ukrainian classical drama are revealed hidden in the subtexts of the works of the two artists.
Keywords: T. Shevchenko, I. Karpenko-Kary, theater, drama, influence, typology, “Nazar Stodolya”, comedy, conflict, national problem, elite.
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